5 @ 5: Complications of the California Bag Law | Food predictions 2022


The California Recycling Commission has called on the state attorney general to crack down on retailers falsely labeled as recyclable, as well as padded envelopes and packaging materials used for door-to-door deliveries, Reuters reports. The problem? Consumers who believe bags and packaging are recyclable toss the products in their curbside recycling bins and cause problems down the line.

People in the food industry love to guess what the next trend will be. The New York Times interviewed food company executives and market researchers, and devoured dozens of trend reports to create their own predictions. Take a look at their expectations for the most popular ingredient, drink, protein, flavor and more of 2022.

How will countries feed their people when it is too hot to grow food or raise livestock? Matt Spence, a Defense Department official under the Obama administration, writes in Slate.com why it is of the utmost importance for the United States and other countries to invest in and promote alternative proteins such as cell-based laboratory-grown chicken – which the Israeli president sampled during the summit on the climate COP26 earlier this year – and plant-based meat.

About 55 miles northeast of Boulder, Colorado, you’ll find the JBS Slaughterhouse in Greeley, which employed six people who died during the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though the workers’ union has won substantial increases from the meat company, workers say some conditions have not changed, including social distancing, lack of hand sanitizer and pressure to work even when they are sick, The New York Times reports.

Wine drinkers around the world are recycling corks from their empty bottles: around 550 million caps were collected in 2018, according to Amorim, the world’s largest manufacturer of corks. But around 12 billion corks are used every year, Forbes columnists Per and Britt Karlsson say. Recycled cork cannot be used to make new closures, but the natural, sustainable product can be found in many other industries.

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